Bull’s Hwang Hee-chan (Wolverhampton Wanderers) expressed his joy at advancing to the quarterfinals by beating Saudi Arabia, but expressed his determination to continue as he still has to win three more games to reach the top of Asia in 64 years.
Hwang Hee-chan told reporters in the mixed zone right after winning the round of 16 at the 2023 Qatar Asian Cup against Saudi Arabia at Education City Stadium in Alayyan, Qatar at 1 a.m. on the 31st (Korea time), “I’m really happy to win today,” but added, “Our goal is to win. We have to prepare well for the rest of the game.”꽁머니지급
Hwang Hee-chan started from the bench, contrary to his initial prediction that he would start. He was substituted in the 9th minute of the second half and took the ground when Klinsmann-ho was taken away by dedicating the first run at the start of the second half. Hwang Hee-chan changed the atmosphere and began to shake the Saudi defense with his explosive speed and daredevil dribble breakthrough while receiving a “special command” to score again.
After Hwang Hee-chan was deployed, Klinsmann’s attack came to life. In particular, as he began to crack the Saudi defense, Klinsmann continued to take threatening opportunities, and clambered to bring the game back to square one. In the 9th minute of extra time in the second half, Cho Kyu-sung (Mitwhelan) scored a golden equalizer, balancing the score 1-1.
Klinsmann eventually headed for extra time, and even in extra time, he entered the penalty shootout and secured a 4-2 victory to advance to the quarterfinals. Hwang Hee-chan easily succeeded in the process as the fourth kicker in the penalty shootout.
“I’m so happy. I’m so proud and happy to win as a professional player,” Hwang Hee-chan said. “I’m so happy to win today, but our goal is to win. We have to prepare well for the rest of the game.” “I think this is how Korea is. We all worked hard to play and score goals. I loved how they looked.”
Hwang Hee-chan continued, “I really just screamed after the game. It was an expression of joy among the players. I was so happy that I couldn’t even speak. But I know that this is not all we have for our goal. We have to keep trying to go to higher goals.”
When asked about the situation and emotions at the time of the penalty shootout, Hwang Hee-chan said, “It was such an important moment. I was cautious because everyone was watching, especially the fans who cheered for me,” adding, “I practiced enough (during the training process). The kick went as well as I wanted.”
Hwang Hee-chan, who suffered a hip injury in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, previously missed the first and second group matches, but returned as a substitute in the third group match against Malaysia. He played as a substitute again on the day. “I think we have to prepare as the coach demands,” he said. “Now is the moment that we have to go. I want to continue to make better scenes and contribute to the team.”